Grading is a necessary evil of teaching, and for most, probably not the most fun part of teaching. Depending on how many students you have, how many classes you teach, and how many grades your school requires you to enter, grading can be straight up stressful. That’s why today I’m sharing some of my favorite tricks to make grading a little easier!
Tricks To Make Grading Easier
- Choose one or two assignments a week that you need to grade for accuracy instead of all assignments. This will save you a lot of time.
- Make more grades completion grades. Don’t grade every assignment for correctness or accuracy instead make them completion grades. Require students to show work or to write complete sentences to keep from getting poor work, or even randomly decide to grade an assignment every week to make sure students are putting in effort.
- For completion grades, quickly sight grade. Some of my favorite routines to get students in the habit of is having their homework out on desk during bell ringer/do now for me to walk around and see. Other quick sight grading options are having students hold their assignment in the air for you to walk around and see, or have a tray for students to turn in their assignments when you walk in your classroom.
- Check only certain questions. If you want to see how students are doing with a concept choose a couple of questions to check instead of the whole assignment. This way you can easily see if you need to reteach a concept.
- Make assignments meaningful and don’t give homework just to give homework.
- Have students grade with trade and grading in class. The trick to this is to make sure these questions are simple answers where you don’t need to answer that aren’t subjective. Teachers usually lose the benefits of trade and grade when they have to go back and question a number of questions because there are so many varying answers possible for questions. This works best with multiple choice or fill in the blank.
- Use scantrons if your school offers them. This way you can grade a lot of assignments quickly, and if you are a high school teacher it helps students get use to fill in the bubble questions they will see on standardized tests.
- Use technology to check for student learning and use the results for grading as well as meet students where they are in their learning. Websites like IXL, Freckle Education, and Khan Academy offer individual learning options that will also give teachers reports on student learning.
- Make participation points apart of your grading. This is a great way to get students more engaged in the classroom and bonus, you can have students keep track of participation for you!
- Use more rubrics. Rubrics are great because you have less subjective grading when your standards are clearly spelled out.
- Have students reflect on their work and grade themselves. You’d be surprised how many students will be very honest about their effort and quality of their own work. It’s a great way to have students be more reflective about their own learning and work.